RINGGOLD, GA (WRCB) -- In an effort to raise awareness for the prevention of childhood obesity, organizations in North Georgia and Chattanooga are partnering together to host the first annual regional Let's Move Day this Sunday, September 30 from 2:00-4:30 pm at the Benton Place Campus off of Battlefield Parkway.

Families are encouraged to come for an afternoon of free family fun and great prizes. Registration begins at 1:30 pm and the first 500 children to register will receive free mesh backpacks filled with great giveaways and the chance to win some amazing prizes. 

Children will be able to participate in exciting activities sponsored by The Rush Fitness Complex, Tiger-Rock Taekwondo Academy, APEX Inflatables, Jessie Thornton's Karate, Boy Scout Troop #52, The Battlefield Community SDA Church and more all with the goal of encouraging children to get excited about being active.

The event will conclude with a gymnastics presentation by the Southern Adventist University Gym Masters and grand prize giveaways including bicycles and a basketball hoop!

Childhood obesity is becoming a growing national epidemic.  Let's Move Day is an activity-packed event for children ages 2-12 to come and experience the fun side of being healthy and fit.  The event will also feature nutritious snacks and information about health and nutrition for parents of participants.

"I am really excited about the support from county and city governments , the county schools, and many other organizations in addressing this national epidemic of childhood obesity," says E. W. Dempsey, Ringgold resident and Director of Health Education for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Georgia and East Tennessee.  "As a former physical education teacher and coach in Catoosa County, I am still very passionate for our local kids to be active and healthy."